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‘Great power on the cheap’: China free rides on US diplomacy in the Middle East

Sitting alongside the French president at the Élysée Palace, Xi Jinping was eager to convey his desire for international peace.

With Paris preparing to host the Olympic Games in two months, the Chinese president took up Emmanuel Macron’s call for a global truce during the fortnight of competition.

“The world is far from being tranquil,” he said, according to a transcript released by China after the remarks on Monday.

China, “as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a responsible major country” would work with France to advocate for a…

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